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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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1,587 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1587
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a saison featuring the rare Japanese-developed hop Sorachi Ace. The Sorachi Ace hop varietal is noted for its unique lemon zest/lemongrass aroma.

(Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009)
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a tight white head which leaves nice lace on the glass. The aroma draws you in with floral notes before honey and then a big lemony citrus smell finishes the beer off. The aroma is big but delicate. The taste follows suit with a green fruit tartness up front before there is a sweet honey and then a big lemon and other citrus flavor comes through. Again the taste is big but delicate. It is light and refreshing. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer, the beer is dangerously drinkable for the abv, and is surprisingly delicate for the abv. This beer is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 23:04:33 | More by goblue3509
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barczar

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a fairly solid white head that clings to the rim.

Lemon, sweet bready malt, and hints of herbal hop are evident in the aroma, which is somewhat subtle. There's a champagne-like finish.

A wine-like fruitiness dominates the flavor initially, slightly tangy, with a lemony finish. Cracker-like slightly sweet malt supports the taste, with a dry, peppery finish cleaning up the flavor.

The body is fairly heavy, with moderately high carbonation and a decidedly dry finish.

An interesting take on a saison, more wine-like than anticipated, and somewhat two-note. I'm not a huge lemon fan, so not really my brew.

Tried this in 14, and I get much more floral and herbal hop character, with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 01:55:32 | More by barczar
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omokoro

New York

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. The color was a golden straw with a thick white one finger head. Not much visible carbonation. Not much on the nose, some malts and a little hops. This is a very clean tasting beer, lots of lemon peel, pear, very crisp. I do not have a lot of experience with the saison style, but this is excellent. I would look for this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 23:51:23 | More by omokoro
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Brian


4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never tasted a beer with this flavor. It was very smooth and full bodied, almost a hybrid of a wheat beer and rich pilsner. Apparently there is lemon and citrus flavor in this beer, however it is so smooth I did not find it to have any bitterness. My experience was that it had a rich vanilla-like flavor. Extremely unique beer compared with your typical summer pilsner or hoppy ale. Highly recommended, you will enjoy every drop.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 18:21:25 | More by Brian
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.5 for 12oz @ lagerhaus 95

Deep, rich looking golden amber with a razor thin white head that fades quickly. There's some lacing, but absolute no haze/sediment. The nose is bursting with fruits from the Sorachi, ripe concord grapes first come to mind.
This is definitely an interesting, take on a saison. It's relatively tame and clean tasting, the yeast is secondary to the hops. The Sorachi hops are showcased very nicely. There's also a noticeable bite from the ethanol, which is complimentary initially, but gets a little bit too much when the beer begins to warm. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly with a slightly lingering, bitter aftertaste.
Excellent price and availability, I'd definitely recommend it to others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 03:44:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Diamond Club for Brooklyn's ghost bottle night. This one was served in a pint glass.

Sorachi Ace pours a clear dark lemon (I have a hunch I'll be typing that word a lot here) yellow. There's about two fingers of fluffy white foam capping the beer. Head retention is solid, and the beer leaves sheets and sheets of lacing stuck to the glass. The nose is an absolute lemon bomb, reminds me of making fresh squeezed lemonade at work. There's also a bit of pale malt sweetness, but it's very much an ancillary note. The flavor takes that foundation and layers in a subtle clove-pepper spiciness to keep things interesting. It was easy to pick out after having had Brooklyn Radius early in the night, as I'm guessing it comes from the brewery's house Belgian strain, and it's featured more prominently in Radius. The body is impressively light for a beer approaching 8%ABV, the dryness being the mark of a well brewed Belgian style beer. The carbonation is active and effervescent and really helps carry the unique flavor contributed by the hop that gives this beer it's name. I'm thrilled that I'll be able to pick up Sorachi Ace in bottled form any time I want going forward, it's a well made, fairly original saison.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 20:23:35 | More by axeman9182
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dca1972

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry if Ive got this wrong ... long time member, first time reviewer.

A ... Light, golden
S ... Floral, bright, hoppy
T ... Creamy hop character
M ... bubbly, light

Has a lingering taste that changes. More Pils than Saison. Unexpected ABV @ 7.5%
Impressive offering from Brooklyn Brew
Seems to mellow as it breathes, warms

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 22:13:34 | More by dca1972
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mattcrill

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweeter, Pils malt-type aroma up front. Lots of light crackery character. Earthy, herbal, and spicy hop notes. No fermentation character.

Appearance: Nearly clear golden colored pour with a long-lasting sudsy white head.

Flavor: Lots of similar herbal, earthy, spicy hop notes in the front. Some cracker-like malt sweetness that is quickly beaten down by the hop notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with high, prickly carbonation. No alcohol heat or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A bigger, strongly hopped Saison. Nice summer drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 20:44:36 | More by mattcrill
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Winking Lizard in Independence OH. Served in a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden to darker straw yellow with an initial fluffy white head. Head died down to a thin film across the top and a ring at the edge. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Wow, this one is really interesting. Lemony and floral at first, later woody and herb-like with a swirl as it warmed up. It's going to sound weird here, but this beer strikes me as Japanese in its aroma. Complicated, delicate, and myriad all at the same time.

Taste: Lemon flavor up front, then moving into a crisp dry and bitter finish. Very clean malt hint at the back - almost wheat beer in style - a bit of a tangy flavor at the end there. The bitter finish takes on more lemon/pine/resin flavors at the end as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with just right carbonation to cleanse the palate and not linger.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely quenches the thirst - and it's not quite like anything I've had before in a beer. Goes to the head quickly though, even with a meal, so it's either a slow sipper, or in this case, one and done for me per evening. The Japanese hops are the showcase for this beer, and I'm not sure how I feel about them. Interesting, unusual, and worth trying, but I think just one per night even if the ABV was lower. So a good experience, but not something I could have every night or something that I would go out of my way to have again. Something about that woody/herb/resiny flavor at the end doesn't quite do it for me. Still - a neat beer to try out for the reason of it being so unique in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 23:05:19 | More by damndirtyape
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

Pours solid, but a very soapy looking white head, Body is a slightly cloudy yellow orange with classic rising carbonation in the middle. Little lacing, some spotty puck as well. Looks pretty light for a saison no complaints.

Bouquet is a light lemon and fruity estery with light yeast notes. Hint of light sugars too. Crisp smelling, a little butter ghee like, much like a pale or Belgian strong ale than a saison. I dig it very light.

Taste is sharp butter of ghee then the palate sweetens to some sugar and stinging yeast. Just a hint of barnyard, and a very quick sharp crisp bubbly champagne "brut"-ness. That sharpness sticks around just long enough and then lingers slowly like good tonic water. Pleasurable tickle on the tongue this is really like that.

Overall this is just great take on a saison, real glad I picked this one up.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 01:43:02 | More by smakawhat
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Brickskeller. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw lemon color with some haze. Good white head. Nose is lemon, grass, and a bit of earth. The taste brings out lemon, grass, some herbs, and a hint of earth. Bitter and dry. Drinks well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 22:27:58 | More by Thorpe429
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thekanna

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe; it was labeled Brooklyn "Brewmaster's Reserve" on their menu.

A: Served in a Belgian beer barleywine goblet. Hazy straw yellow, a bit reminiscent of the color of a good witbier. This was capped off with a thin white head around the rim.

S: Pear and lemon zest, a bit of funkiness; some horse blanket, grass, and medicinal aromas also.

T: Medicinal herbs, pear, lemon, generic citrus zest, slight earthiness, and some horse stall funk. Ended in a slightly bitter, herbal medicine-type hop flavor. Medicinal taste with horse blanket was a bit off-putting.

M: Medium-bodied and juicy with ample effervescent carbonation.

D: Definitely a unique taste, but I think I'm good with having it just once.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 15:21:08 | More by thekanna
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy straw color, with a finger of white, decent head retention, and decent lacing. Nice crisp bitter herbal note in the nose, much more than I would expect from a farmhouse ale. Hay, grass, slight menthol, and peppery notes also emerged. The taste was a perfectly balanced spicy/herbal mix, that progressed to a bitter dry finish. No hint of the alcohol content. The body was between light and medium, and not overly carbonated. Very drinkable; VERY refreshingly dry and bitter. Surprising for a farmhouse ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 02:45:40 | More by donniecuffs
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nickd717

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD.

Pours a brilliant somewhat hazy straw color with a small white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is nice, with sweet malt, barnyard, and lemony and grassy hops.

Flavor is good and interesting. A nice Sorachi Ace hop profile - lemony, grassy, and floral. Pale malt, barnyard, yeast, and spice.

Medium-bodied with a crisp and dry mouthfeel.

A solid beer overall. Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it worked well. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 17:01:06 | More by nickd717
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TonyBrew

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dilly Deli. Served in a goblet super golden yellow. Very bright like a Saison or wit.
Loved the spices at first, but major citrus comes out (reminds me of Barrel House Hocking Hills Hefe from over a decade ago, not now). A very refreshing brew and an excellent follow up to an Avery Czar. It has a dry finish but very refreshing. A great body with medium head. Very happy with this brew, cannot wait till the Deli gets more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 17:50:12 | More by TonyBrew
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden orange with a thick, off-white head that slowly reduced and left thick, caking lace.

S-Big dose of lemon rind, mango and pineapple thanks to the Sorachi Ace hops. I have limited experience with this hop but from what I have I know I REALLY like it. Saison notes of spicy pepper, fines herbes and earthy mustiness meld well with the juicy fruit hop notes.

T-Out of the gate with a thundering hop blast of juicy lemon citrus zing! Then, the saison qualities take over in the finish with a subtle, musty character, peppery spiciness and the drying astringency of the herbal like notes.

M-Medium bodied, soft, creamy and quite smooth. A fairly complex ending with earthy, tangy and drying notes all making appearances.

D-Quite complex and very interesting. I like the IPA/saison combination as the qualities of both shine through and compliment each other. A delicious and intriguing brew. Kudos to Brooklyn for taking a chance and making it work.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 13:46:17 | More by Deuane
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden yellow color with a half finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with hints of peppery clove, ginger and something else I can't put my finger on. Crisp light fruit notes, mostly apple and pear along with a slight hop profile and subtle malt in the nose.

Lighter bodied with some earthy hops and zesty spice. Hints of pepper, ginger and corriander along with a slight metallic flavor which is kind of off putting. Slightly cloying with a long dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 07:29:16 | More by corby112
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezer's on 2/27/10. Served in a challice.

A - Cloudy golden orange-colored body with a one-finger rocky alabaster crown reminiscent of a bowl of rice pudding that settled into a wall of carbonation bubbles and thick swatches of lace.

S - Aroma reeks of tropical fruit, especially mango and pineapple, and works really well with the saison yeast to provide a hint of earthiness with spicy notes, especially white pepper and other herbs. A sweet malt character persists throughout. Citrus peel also emerges in the backend, which offers a compelling hop profile for a brew utilizing a single hop variety.

T - Brooklyn successfully combines a citrusy IPA with a farmhouse-style saison. The subtle funk and musty character of the saison works quite nicely with the spiciness of the yeast. Pepper, light herbs and citrus peel all work together effortlessly to create a sweet, fruity and funky brew.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy, frothy texture and soft carbonation. Light bitterness on the palate with a slight musty earthy character and sour notes on the tongue. Despite all of this, the finish is pretty sweet overall.

D - Very complex and unique single hopped ale with quite a pungent nose to boot. I enjoyed this one immensely and I found this particular hop to work exceptionally well with the saison qualities.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 03:26:06 | More by ffejherb
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with a good deal of woodiness and citrus aromas that skew more toward lemon than orange or grapefruit. Also present is a touch of anise.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Earthy light malt flavors with a decidedly oak-y backbone kick things off. Soon afterward light lemon flavors enter into things and segue into light anise flavors that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a uniquely tasty beer. Sorachi Ace is an interesting hop and this beer gave it the opportunity to shine. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 22:49:52 | More by glid02
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-cloudy, old gold body and a great lacey white head

S-cloves, medicinal, herbs

T-bubblegum, clove, candy-like, herbal finish

M-light, high carbonation

D-I don't know if this is really a great representative of the style but it is certainly a tasty and thirst quenching beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 02:31:10 | More by jneiswender
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kirkmichel

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow, clear-ish. I actually thought they poured miller light by accident, except that it had nicer lacing and was just a tad cloudier.
S- Lemony and fragrant, with a faint bit of orange and cloves. Yeasty.
T- Very lemony and floral. The citrus jumps right out, as does some hopiness....reminding me that looks can definitely be deceiving.
M- Pleasant, refreshing with just a bit of zing and some hop viscosity. Very well balanced.
D- Good, you could stick with this beer anytime and enjoy it (but watch out it's 7.5%)

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 19:51:20 | More by kirkmichel
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bright straw color, fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is of grass, yeast, bread, clay, lemon and slight herbal charachter. Taste is grassy and yeasty with a nice hints of lemon and bread, with a faint spice charachter in the background. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A very good and unique saison.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 14:07:32 | More by rfgetz
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Fat Head's in North Olmsted. Poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow. Rather clear. Produced a fingers width of white head, that slowly turned into a ring throughout consumption.

S- Cloves, spices, grassy hops, and lemon. The sorachi ace hops are very noticeable here.

T- Grassy, earthy flavors upfront. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness with lemon accents. Somewhere in between, the presence of spices and cloves come forward. Really liked how the hops transformed this beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, great carbonation.

D- For a saison, I kept wanting to come back for more. Goes down really smooth. Easy drinking.

Overall, never had a beer with sorachi ace before, but I really like how it added a new dimension to what would have been a pretty standard saison. These two are a perfect match IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 15:29:01 | More by rhinos00
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GrittyMug345

Maine

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME on 10/30/09. Poured into a 16oz shaker pint. A nice tight one finger head died down to leave behind an elegant, thin lacing above a bright yellow, slightly cloudy, nicely carbonated body. The nose is intense on this one, big lemon, spicy hops, a lot of floral notes, and the slightly funky, damp brett. The taste is very floral, rose hips, a little lemon, a bit of black pepper or coriander, some nice notes from the yeast, very nice bitterness. Light bodied with lots of cleansing carbonation, nice dry finish. I could probably drink a couple of these, not sure I would though, it's nice for what it is but a little too floral for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 14:50:00 | More by GrittyMug345
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Rudgers73

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap & Mallet, Rochester, NY. Pours a relatively clear, light golden color. The head is pretty much gone by the time it arrives at the table. The smell is dry, herbal, CO2, slightly medicinal. The taste is interesting. I would definitely consider this an American style Saison. Residual sweetness despite trying to be bone-dry, a mouthwatering punch of citrus-like flavor, but a nice take on the traditional hops used. I don't know much about these Sorachi hops, but I do know they seem to be the American equivalent of Saaz, IMO. They have the same light, styrofoam-grassy taste, but they also harness that west coast American piny flavor. All in all, I would like to see a more traditional Belgian Saison, bone dry and more subtle in the flavor department, but the hops are full of character, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 01:52:40 | More by Rudgers73
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.